Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team scored three goals in the first 6:29 and never trailed en route to an 11-4 win over Amherst on Saturday at Ryan Field.
Avenging a two-loss season for Bowdoin against Amherst in 2012, the 11th-ranked Polar Bears improved to 3-0, while the Jeffs fell to 1-2 on the year.
Marta Randall '13 led Amherst with two goals on five shots, while Priscilla Tyler '15 and Mia Haughton '16 accounted for Amherst's other two scores. Hillary Densen '13 chipped in with a pair of assists, while Heath Cockrell '15 tracked down a team-best five ground balls.
A pair of seniors led the way for Bowdoin in the win as Carolyn Gorajek tallied four goals and an assist while netminder Tara Connolly made 12 saves. Jordan Smith '14 also netted four goals, while Betsy Sachs '14 had a goal and two assists.
Bowdoin took an early lead thanks to markers from Mackenzie Schleicher '14, Taylor Wilson '15 and Smith in the first 6:29. The teams traded scores for the remainder of the period as the hosts carried a 5-2 lead into the break.
Amherst made a bid to get back into the contest with a goal from Randall early in the second half, but Bowdoin answered with three straight, including two from Gorajek, to make it 8-3. After another Randall goal trimmed the gap to four, the Polar Bears put the contest out of reach with another 3-0 surge, including a pair from Smith, to seal the victory.
Connolly was outstanding between the pipes for Bowdoin, making seven of her 12 saves in the opening period. Erica Nangeroni '14 finished with three caused turnovers and five ground balls. Lindsay Picard '16 had five draw controls for Bowdoin, which went 5-12 for clears in the opening half and improved to 10-13 in the second period.
Amherst goalkeeper Christy Forrest '16 made two stops in the loss, while substitute Katelyn Salerno '16 made one save over the final 19:55. The Jeffs held a 22-16 shot advantage, while the Polar Bears had a 20-16 edge in ground balls and a 11-6 margin in draw controls.
Amherst returns to action at Swarthmore on Mar. 19.